Wolfenstein: The New Order

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
79
Based on 21 scores, 22 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    4
  • Good:
    13
  • Average:
    2
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Old-school combat mechanics are a refreshing change of pace.
  • Big, loud guns with excellent feedback.
  • Satisfying over-the-top gunplay.

Cons:

  • Laser cutter can't be used creatively.
  • Inconsequential perks system.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechSpot on

Freed from the worries of player balance and lag, the developers were free to create an incredibly detailed alternate Earth, populate it with sinister villains and astonishingly endearing heroes, and flesh out one of gaming's most under-developed heroes just enough to make B.J. Blazkowicz into a real little boy.

By PCAdvisor on 80

Big, silly and spectacular, Wolfenstein: The New Order might not be as era-defining as its hallowed predecessor, but it's without a doubt one of the best singleplayer first-person shooters of the year.

By PCGamer on 84

Its writing, music and environmental art all achieve far more than you might expect from the game about a preternaturally durable testicle with a revenge fetish and a gun in each hand. In a genre that is often overtaken by derivative or exploitative games, it's a pleasant surprise-a reminder of a time when a shooter's singleplayer campaign was the main event. A time when these games were made with attention to detail, care, and a bit of love.

By InsideGamingDaily on 85

Regardless, it’s a well-made, extremely create, and fun ass game. If you want to sit down and just have fun, you can’t ask for more than that.

By EuroGamer on 60

Where it most tries to stand out, in its narrative and setting, it often comes off as juvenile. Overall, it's built on an impressive world but it doesn't do enough with it, and as a result it's curious, but hardly compelling.

By GameSpot on 80

It has injected some substance into the primal pleasure of shooting Nazis by way of an interesting tone that addresses the changing roles of first-person shooter protagonists. Through this, the game is both a celebration of the Wolfenstein series and what feels like a fitting send-off for it. The New Order could be the last hurrah of William "BJ" Blazkowicz, an outing which, for all its excess and bombast, is far from mindless.

By IGN on 78

With an essential early-game choice that makes it worth playing through twice, the story at the center of Wolfenstein: The New Order props up its competent -- but mostly unremarkable -- shooting.

By GamesRadar on 80

This is a shooter that puts shooting first--and the second you dual-wield two laser guns and use them to destroy a dog made out of metal, you'll play the rest of Wolfenstein with a knowing grin.

By Ars Technica on 80

The craftsmanship in the campaign speaks to what happens when a developer doesn't have to split its resources between two very different types of games wrapped into one package. Still, unless you're the type who tends to revisit games to try every tactical option and find every last collectible, this could be an experience that's short but memorable.

By Destructoid on 75

In many ways, Wolfenstein: The New Order is "First-Person Shooters: The Game," but it gets most of the important details right. It's still weird to me seeing Wolf games developed over and over by new devs, but MachineGames did a great job adapting the franchise in its own way. With a few tweaks, the next iteration could be something truly special.

By TheGuardian on 80

However, despite its nods to the oldest first-person shooter of all, it does feel thoroughly honed and reasonably modern. It isn’t the future of first-person shooters, but it does rank among the best single-player examples.

By VG24/7 on 80

The New Order is a game about silly men shooting sillier men and robots in the face with hyper-violent results. It’s fun. That’s why games are made to begin with, right?

By TheEscapist on 70

Wolfenstein: The New Order doesn't make the most of a highly promising premise, but it provides the baseline of gun-toting freedom fighting that fans expect.

By SpawnFirst on 80

If you’re a completionist there’s enough here to keep you occupied for 20+ hours, but that’s only if you want to see the outcome of both timelines and collect absolutely everything. If you’re the type of gamer to run through the story once and move on, I would think twice before you pay full price for this.

By PCWorld on 90

It doesn't play like Wolfenstein, and it barely feels like Wolfenstein, but maybe that's a good thing—this is the best entry the franchise has seen in years.

By TheSixthAxis on 70

It’s clearly not perfect but it is a very enjoyable and respectably lengthy shooter that embraces its heritage while successfully striving to evolve its core gameplay in a new and interesting direction.

By Pocket-Lint on 80

Wolfenstein: The New Order is a dark, distinctive and often brilliant first person shooter. It's not exactly reinvented the wheel but it does bring just enough refreshing twists to a genre that in 2014 could otherwise be considered stale.

By TrustedReviews on 80

We’re not so keen on some elements of the gameplay, and it must be said that not all its loftier ambitions quite pan out. What we’re left with is a solid FPS that’s always interesting - and one with an identity all its own - even if it can’t make it up there with the best-in-class.

By AusGamers on 87

While part of me is disappointed at the lack of multiplayer (more Enemy Territory anyone?), the lengthy (by shooter standards) and cinematic campaign was an absolute riot from start to finish, tainted only by the strange inclusion of back-at-base missions that included jarring fetch quests. Wolfenstein: The New Order is a fantastic blend of old-school tropes and contemporary improvements that warrants a second play-through.

By ShackNews on 80

The beautiful presentation makes the most out of the new hardware, and it squeezes some impressive life out of older systems. Blazkowicz's return has a long time coming, but Machine Games has assured that it was worth it.